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Events for June 3, 2022

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month at locations throughout Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries and studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Exhibitors feature artists, music, and special offers. Retailers and restaurants can offer discounts and specials. There's something and somewhere for everyone. First Friday is free and open to all.

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Amorino Raleigh: Excellence in Italian Gelato
137 E Davie St - Moore Square District
20% off entire purchase

Get 20% off your entire purchase on First Friday at Amorino Raleigh!!

Current Wellness
219 S East St - Moore Square District
First Friday at Current Wellness

Swing by Current Wellness to check out their featured artist of the month. Our Wellness Bar will also be open for mocktails, kombucha, and snacks.

Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St - Warehouse District
Tour the Designed For Joy Studio

Designed For Joy provides employment and support to women in crisis. Come tour our studio and shop our brand of leather handbags, jewelry and home decor in the Warehouse District.

Gallery C
540 N Blount St - Capital District
New Paintings by Ana Guzman

Ana Guzman’s art reflects the colors and energy of her native Havana, Cuba. Ana’s style has been compared to that of “a jazz musician’s brush strokes on the drums,” equating the rhythm of her brushwork with the rhythm of her subjects. Ana Guzman paints with energy and expression combining line, texture, color and form, giving the eye just enough information to suggest the desired image.

Arriving in the United States at the age of five and speaking little English, Ana chose drawing as an important means of communication. Ana Guzman’s sketchbook was always close at hand as her family moved from New York to rural Pennsylvania and during summer vacations exploring their new country. In 1988, she and her husband, Julio, co-founded Coco Loco, a successful Cuban restaurant located in the heart of Atlanta. The restaurant became her canvas where she painted colorful murals reminiscent of old Havana, traditional Spanish seaports, and festive gatherings. Ana currently focuses on making art full time in her Atlanta Studio.

555 Fayetteville St - Fayetteville Street District
First Friday Art Display by Chris Evans from @goodtripinc

Join us every First Friday for a release of our Art display by @goodtripinc 's Chris Evans along with beats by Dj Moeskino. Cocktails, beats and art with a Haymaker twist to provide an energetic and eclectic atmosphere for anyone making the trip to Downtown Raleigh for First Friday. Tunes start at 9pm.

Monarch Realty
213 Fayetteville St - Downtown Raleigh
First Friday @ Monarch Realty Co. with Keith Norval & Anna Podris


Moore Square
200 S Blount St - Moore Square District
First Friday Night Market with Pop Up Carolinas

Join us every month for First Friday Night Markets at Moore Square with local growers and makers plus entertainment and a free outdoor movie after sundown hosted by the City of Raleigh!

So come on down and bring a blanket or a chair and relax on the lawn for the movie, stroll through the market, grab a snack and experience the best of the Raleigh summer nights.

Sir Walter Coffee
145 E Davie St - Moore Square District
Sir Walter Coffee Presents: Coffee House Sessions

Join us at Sir Walter Coffee for another round of Coffee House Specials. DJ MIKE and DJ VANN will be in house spinning groovy tunes for you to enjoy. Get your friends together to take advantage of our drinks specials and kick off the month of June just right.

State of Beer Bottle + Sandwich Shop
401 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Artisan Mini Market

State of Beer & Pop-Up Raleigh have joined forces to bring more art to downtown. Every First Friday, a handful of our favorite local artisans will be popping up inside & around the patio at State of Beer on Hillsborough Street. In addition to the bottle shop, a rotating menu of delicious sandwiches, salads and drinks will be available. The vibe is casual and this is a family friendly event with something for everyone-even the pup!

Taverna Agora
326 Hillsborough St - Glenwood South District
Greek Night at Taverna Agora

Looking for something fun and adventurous to do? Join us at Taverna Agora on every First Friday of the month for Greek Night! A Night to experience the sounds, food and culture of the Greek Isles.

Greek Culture is very much about the celebration of life, family and friends. Our Greek Night is a celebration of Greek Culture, showcasing the food, drink, songs and dancing of our much loved heritage. From the traditional recipes, with a modern flare, the music throughout the dining rooms and upstairs rooftop patio, decor and entertainment, you will be swept away to another place. You may even find yourself planning your next Greek vacation after your visit with us!

Enjoy live entertainment, including belly dancing, and bouzouki music, all while having an authentic Greek dinner! And don’t just think you’ll get away with watching all the dancing! We’ll be moving out the tables and encouraging dancing as the night goes on! Don’t be shy!